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Episode 5: Ryan Donovan on Tipping and the Ethics of Generosity by Glen Jameson

Ryan Donovan co-owns Richmond Station, one of Canada's top restaurants. Armed with a philosophy degree, a devotion to whole animal butchery, and a detailed knowledge of the hospitality sector, Ryan speaks about the hospitality workplace and the challenges of running a restaurant when you can't control who gets paid what - particularly when it comes to tipping.

I was a server and I benefited from the hospitality status quo that we discuss. A younger me felt strongly about tipping. But with the Pulitzer winning work by Kathleen Kingsbury and others, along with the simple problem that many restaurants experience of trying to staff a kitchen, there are some gaping holes in that argument. And that change may be afoot.

While I was editing this episode, I got to thinking: Welcome to the Food Court has an unusual format. It's a one-on-one conversation that results in a deliberately long-form discussion, to examine issues in a deep-dive manner. Conversations about food law issues are often reductionist in nature, whereas the subject matter is typically expansive and immersive once that conversation has begun - even WTTFC, at roughly an hour per episode, has to put up boundaries. But at least it allows for something that is more fleshed out and I think episodes like this one benefit from that greatly. Let me know on twitter what you like or dislike. I'm at @gsjameson.

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Episode 3-2: Aabir Dey on Seed Security by Glen Jameson

This is episode three, part two, with Aabir Dey, the Regional Program Coordinator for the Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security.

Part 1 of this episode can be found here.

If you want to learn more about what's happening in Canadian seed security, Aabir recommends checking out USC CanadaSeeds of Diversity, and Everdale (Bauta's regional partner in Ontario and where I volunteer as a director). In this podcast we also discuss the Svalbard Global Seed BankICARDA - The International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas, and Dan Barber's Blue Hill Farms - Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture

We speak specifically about UPOV '78 and UPOV '91, Bill C-18 - the Agricultural Growth Act, The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.

And a mea culpa: Air Canada wasn't ever explicitly required to fly to Moose Jaw. A blend of incentives (e.g. federal subsidies to smaller airports) and a unbalanced regulatory playing field (viz. significant limitations on foreign competition) are what enable the continued existence of those remote routes to places like Moose Jaw.

Welcome to the Food Court - Episode 0 by Glen Jameson

We're proud to launch a series of food law podcasts that you can find here, on SoundCloud, or on iTunes. Glenford will be meeting with different professionals in the food sector, learning how food law impacts their lives. In this first episode, Glenford describes the what, the why, and the format of Welcome to the Food Court.